PRO TIP: Configuring MSDTC for VMware vRealize Automation

One of the many prerequisites of the VMware vRealize Automation Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) components (including Microsoft SQL Server) is the installation and configuration of Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MS DTC). Not installing and configuring MS DTC correctly can be the the bane of someone trying to install VMware vRealize Automation. ProTip 1 – Uninstall…

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HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON – Part 2

As a follow on to my previous article, HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Service Controller using PowerCLI & JSON – Part 1, I had a new customer requirement to deploy the Platform Service Controller as the identity solution for vRealize Automation 6.x, but this time directly onto a VMware vCenter Server rather…

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HOWTO: Automate the installation of the External Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI & JSON – Part 1

As a follow on to my previous article on how to deploy HOWTO: Deploy the VMware vSphere 6.0 Platform Services Controller, I thought I would share a way to automate the delivery of the vSphere Platform Services Controller using PowerCLI/Powershell. The main credit for this article goes to the information in the brilliant PowerCLI  Reference 2nd…

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Part 3B – Creating the Microsoft CA Template for Subordinate CA certificates in vSphere 6.0

This is Part 3B of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services, covering the creation of a Subordinate CA certificate for use with the VMware Certificate Authority (VMCA). For some insightful information on VMCA Design Decisions post by @AtherBeg The following assumes you have completed…

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Part 3A – Creating the Microsoft CA Template for SSL certificates in vSphere 6.0

This is Part 3A of a series of posts on how to configure VMware vSphere 6.x to use Certificates from Microsoft Windows Server Certificate Services. The following assumes you have completed the steps within Part 1 – Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Certificate Services and Part 2 – Configuring an Enterprise Root Certificate Authority. The…

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